The year’s not yet a week old and like everybody I have made tons of resolutions to make 2010 a better year. I’m not sure if I’ll stick to everything this year, to be honest, I’m quite sure that I won’t be able to stick to everything, but I keep wondering why?!
Why do we keep making new resolutions (or recycling old ones that we didn’t manage to keep in the last years)? And why don’t we manage to stick to our resolutions? Most of them are rather small things, often independent of one’s financial situation, e.g. to make more compliments, to be friendlier or more patient. But still, at the end of the year, we have the feeling, that we didn’t try hard enough/succeed in keeping our resolutions.
Sometimes, I suppose we are too harsh with ourselves. Wouldn’t it be a success, e.g. if we lost 10 lbs instead of 20? And does our being a content and healthy person really depend on the fact that we weight 120 lbs or 130?
I also think, that sometimes it’s difficult to meassure the level of success. Just take the “being friendly”. We might have actually really been a lot friendlier: smiling at the cashier or the shop assistant, being more patient when we had to wait for sth… But we still tend to remember only the times, when we lost our patience and when the cashier was extremely impolite.
Perhaps, keeping a journal, to note the small and big facts about each day or a small reward (in the form of a muffin, some ice-cream or a free afternoon) could help us feeling more confident about our resolutions…
Have a happy 2010 and may all your wishes, dreams, hopes and resolutions come true.